A Chattanooga native with a passion for health and human performance came to Clarksville in 2008 to play soccer for Austin Peay State University. There she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and later went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in the field with a concentration in Sport and Wellness Leadership. One of Sara’s favorite quotes is “No one who gave their best ever regretted it” and this exudes through everything she does. She is passionate about helping people experience life in the fullness they were created to. Outside of the gym Sara coaches soccer at Clarksville High School and serves as a volunteer Younglife leader. If she is not at Prime or coaching soccer she is likely climbing, hiking or traveling. When asked her career goals, her response clearly demonstrates her priorities; “I want to love and encourage as many people as I can, as deeply as I can, for as long as I can.”
Charlie grew up in Clarksville, TN. He left to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance at Bryan College. While studying, Charlie played four years of collegiate soccer. During his undergraduate work, Charlie served as an intern at Prime and found his heart and passions aligned with the those of Prime Fitness. He now serves as the full-time Training Director. Charlie is an intelligent coach who genuinely cares about the people he serves. In Charlie’s own words; “I am passionate about helping people improve their quality of living, and what is so cool about that is that it looks different for everyone!” His goal is to meet people where they are and encourage them into becoming the happiest, healthiest versions of themselves. When Charlie is not serving our members he is coaching soccer at Clarksville Academy, Developing young athletes as a coach at ACME Athletics, or spending time climbing, hiking with his friends and family.
Vinny was born and raised in Clarksville Tennessee. Upon graduating from Rossview High School, he continued his football career in Indiana at Franklin College. Vinny later returned home to continue his education at Austin Peay State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. During his internship at Prime Fitness, Vinny realized his passion for helping people of all ages and backgrounds achieve their health and fitness goals. Vinny is a sharp and energetic coach who genuinely cares about the people he trains. He has also has a heart for working with young athletes and excels as one of Prime’s Athletic Development Coaches. If asked his purpose, Vinny would explain in his own words; “My main goal is to help individuals experience an abundant life and I really feel as if I can do that through the lens of health and wellness.” Vinny also serves as a volunteer Relevant leader in Grace Community Church’s youth ministry. He is rock solid, inside and out.
Patrick Gargis was born and raised in Muscle Shoals Alabama where he grew up in an athletic family; including an uncle who still holds a record as a quarterback at Auburn University. Growing up around sports encouraged Pat to pursue dreams of playing football, which brought him to Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. He later came to Austin Peay University to complete a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Science. Throughout his career as a football player, Pat has had to cope with different injuries. This caused him to spend a lot of time with different physical therapists and trainers learning how to treat and prevent injuries. Patrick was in an internship at Prime Fitness during his senior year at Austin Peay when he discovered his love for helping people achieve their goals to improve their quality of life. He would tell you his favorite part about being a coach at prime is seeing the people he works with succeed. He says, “Victory is not in how difficult I can make a workout, but when I’ve had members come up to me to thank me because of how much weight they’ve lost or how they have improved their blood sugar levels after being diagnosed with diabetes or freedom from prescription medications for cholesterol or blood pressure. Even when someone says they can now keep up with their kids/grandkids then I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal.” When he’s not at prime Pat enjoys to play his guitar as well as go listen to music wherever he can, and loves fishing and doing other outdoor activities with friends.
Katie was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, where she grew up playing competitive sports such as softball and volleyball. She also loved spending time outside hiking with her family. Katie completed a semester of pre-Athletic Training at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon before transferring to Austin Peay State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Exercise Science. While finishing her degree at Austin Peay, Katie interned at Prime Fitness where she loved getting to help people work toward their personal fitness goals while also creating new friendships. Katie says that watching people leave the gym with more physical and emotional energy than they had when they walked in is one of the best parts of being at Prime. She realizes that what she does at Prime reaches much farther than fitness goals. If Katie is not leading you through a strength training session you will likely see her saving the world at the front desk. When she isn’t at the gym, she’s most likely spending time with family, friends, or running around with her two little puppies.
Bobby was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University in Health and Human Performance in 2008. Bobby then went on to complete a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University - Shreveport in Kinesiology in 2015. He currently holds his CSCS through the NSCA and his USAW through USA Weightlifting.Bobby became involved in athletics at a very young age which helped spark his interest in exercise and fitness. He loves helping people realize they are stronger than they ever though and find joy in seeing them accomplish goals they once saw as impossible. Bobby explains his enthusiasm in his own words as he states, “Helping to improve someone’s quality of life is my passion and the fact that I get to do it everyday tells me I’ve got the greatest job in the world.” Bobby has a wealth of knowledge and experience, but it is his ability to get on the ground level with people that makes him most effective as a coach.
Heather has lived in Clarksville for 36 years and loves this community. When Heather is not working for the Prime members she is spending time with her husband Bruce and her three incredible kids - Macey, Mallory, and Bennett. Heather explains the joy she brings to the gym each day in her own words, “I do what I do because I love people. I believe we all have the ability to achieve any goal with the right people on your team. I am proud to be a part of this team. I watch what Prime Fitness does for our members everyday and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Our members make my days better. They are family. Prime is family.” Heather is likely the first person you will see when you walk in the gym. She welcomes our members with an inviting smile and a genuine eagerness to serve. She runs the show at the front desk but it is clear that what she does here transcends deep into the lives of our members.